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Queen Elizabeth's Email Thirty Years Ago

Reuters NewsWire (
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:51:59 -0500

Queen Elizabeth sent first e-mail in 1976
Mon Apr 10, 6:50 AM ET

Queen Elizabeth sent her first e-mail as long as 30 years ago,
according to a list of 80 facts about the monarch released by
Buckingham Palace to mark her 80th birthday on April 21.

No details of the e-mail were included, except that it was sent from a
British army base in 1976.

The 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, she has undertaken over
256 official visits overseas during her 54-year reign and has received
some bizarre gifts, the list revealed.

They included jaguars and sloths from Brazil, two black beavers from
Canada, a grove of maple trees and 7 kg of prawns.

The queen traveled on the London underground for the first time in
1939 and attended her first FA football cup final in 1953, two
experiences she never showed much appetite for repeating.

But dogs and horses were a different matter: she has owned more than
30 corgis in her reign, starting with Susan who was an 18th birthday
present in 1944. Her first pony, Peggy, was given to her by her
grandfather King George V when she was four years old.

The 80 facts are at

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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